Tag: Medical devices

Researchers 3D Print Wearable Mesh That Can Function As Flexible Medical Braces

MIT engineers developed a 3D-printed mesh that can be used as an ankle or a knee brace. The material is flexible enough to allow comfort and movement, but stiff enough to prevent further injuries.

Biotech June 20, 2019

FDA Strengthens Warning Regarding Link Between Breast Implants And Cancer But Continues To Allow Implant Sales

Despite acknowledging that breast implants can increase cancer and autoimmune disease risks, the Food and Drug Administration isn’t planning to ban their sales yet. Instead, it issues guidelines to improve patient and healthcare provider information.

Public Health May 4, 2019

First Medical Device To Treat ADHD In Children Gets FDA Approval

FDA gave the green light to the first medical device designed to treat ADHD. Results of clinical trials showed promise, lowering symptoms of children diagnosed with moderate to severe disorder.

Neuroscience April 23, 2019

FDA Keeps Secret Database Of Medical Device-Related Injuries And Malfunctions, Report Claims

More than a million injuries and malfunctions have been recorded in a hidden database accessible only to the FDA. Under the alternative summary reporting program, companies obtained exemptions from making reports of their product malfunctions public.

Public Health March 20, 2019

Robot Boy Crying, Bleeding, And Calling For His Mom To Train Medical Students

A life-like robot boy named Pediatric HAL is described as 'the world's most advanced pediatric patient simulator' by its creator, Gaumard Scientific. HAL is capable of shedding tears and bleeding, and can even go into anaphylactic shock.

Robotics September 11, 2018

Pacemakers And Other Medical Equipment Are Vulnerable To Hacking: Study

Two studies reveal that medical devices contain thousands of bugs that make it defenseless to hacking. Not all manufacturers, however, have made improvements to date.

Apps/Software May 28, 2017

FDA Warns Against Hacking Medical Devices Like Artificial Pacemakers: New Cybersecurity Guidelines Set

The threat of hacking comes with the many technological advancements of late, and medical devices are not an exception. The FDA now issues stricter guidelines when it comes to the privacy of medical facilities and medical device users.

Biotech December 31, 2016

Honey Could Be Used On Medical Devices To Fight Deadly Hospital Infections

Manuka honey can reduce the ability of deadly bacteria such as those that cause urinary tract infection to form into sticky layers that harbor infection. Honey diluted with water may help fight hospital acquired infections.

Public Health September 27, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Acclarent Settles Medical Device-Related Allegations For $18 Million

J&J's subsidiary Acclarent pays $18 million in U.S. court settlement to resolve accusations related to an unapproved medical device. The marketing and distribution of said device resulted in false claims submitted to Medicare and other federal health programs.

Medicine July 25, 2016

PeaceHealth St. John Notifies Nearly 300 Patients Of Possible Exposure To HIV, Hepatitis C And Hepatitis B

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center has notified nearly 300 patients who might have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The likelihood of infection is extremely low, but the hospital is still exercising caution and offering tests to concerned patients.

Life April 7, 2016

3D-Printed Diagnostic Device Can Detect Anemia In Less Than 60 Seconds

Detecting anemia may be as easy as pricking your finger and running the blood sample under a smartphone. Scientists from Kansas are testing a new 3D-printed device that runs exactly like that, and can identify anemia in less than a minute.

Life February 29, 2016

FDA Urges Medical Device Manufacturers To Tighten Cybersecurity

The U.S. FDA released guidance that urged medical device makers to strengthen their cybersecurity efforts. Medical devices such as pumps and heart pacemakers can be hacked, compromising patient security and affecting the device's effectiveness.

Life January 20, 2016

Primordial Goo Could Hold Key To Implant Acceptance

A group of scientists in Australia developed a primordial goo which has the same component that led to the beginning of life on Earth. The goo can be used to enhance the body's acceptance of medical implants, researchers said.

Life November 17, 2015

3D-Printed Heart Plays Huge Role In Complicated Surgery On 5-Year-Old Girl

A 3D printed heart saved the life of a 5-year-old in Miami. Company Stratasys 3D used CTI and MRI data to produce the model that helped the surgeons plan and carry out the surgery successfully.

Life October 12, 2015

Smartphone Meets Stethoscope In New Device To Monitor Heart Health

A traditional medical instrument meets new technology to aid cardiologists in monitoring patients' health. The stethoscope attachment beams heart sounds and rhythms to a smartphone app.

September 5, 2015

Inventor Creates 3D-Printed Cast That Is Also A Bluetooth Speaker

When Mike North broke his leg, he was dissatisfied with his healing options. Instead of using a run-of-the-mill walking cast, he decided to create his own custom-made model — equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and sound system.

Wearable Tech July 31, 2015

Bone-Like Silicon Material May Pave The Way For Implantable Medical Devices

University of Chicago researchers have developed the first skeleton-like silicon spicules through chemical processes. The material shows promise in improving interaction between implantable devices and soft tissues.

July 12, 2015

Hi-Tech Headband May Help Relieve Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Treating advanced cases of Parkinson’s disease often involves implanting devices within the patient’s brain. Now, a team of students is developing a specialized headband that could provide similar treatment without the need for surgery.

Life June 22, 2015

FDA Approves Appetite-Zapping Implant by EnteroMedics to Help Battle Obesity

The Maestro Rechargeable System is a new treatment for obesity, recently approved by the U.S. government. How does this new device work?

Life January 14, 2015

CES 2015: Why Caregiving Deserves More Tech Focus

At the International CES Digital Health Summit, technology focusing on caregiving for seniors is discussed. What makes some tech beneficial, and where do other companies fail?

CES 2015 January 9, 2015

Govt. sheds light on (shady) nexus between drug makers and doctors

The government released the first batch of data that reveal the payments made by drug makers and medical device companies to doctors and hospitals totalling nearly $3.5 billion for a five month period in 2013.

Life October 2, 2014

Vacuum ultraviolet lamp: Why scientists are going gaga over it

A new method of manufacturing lights capable of producing vacuum UV light promises a new generation of the devices. Here's what so special about this newest advance.

April 23, 2014

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